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Entries for week beginning December 17, 2006

December 23, 2006

WiiCade.com - Flash Games on your Nintendo Wii

Flash games designed to be played on the Wii’s Internet Channel. What a clever way of getting “homebrew” games onto the Wii!

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It’s Me! On TV! Courtesy of Wii! Eeeeee!

It’s Me! On TV! Courtesy of Wii!   Eeeeee!

Not terribly legible (wonder if component cables will make a difference), but here's my blog on the telly, courtesy of the freshly-launched "Internet Channel" on my Wii.

Rather surprisingly, the browser supports Flash video, so the combination of Wii and YouTube finally gives me a way to, if you can imagine such a thing, enjoy watching video on my television.

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How to use OpenID (a screencast)

Simon Willison does a screencast explaining the howtofores of OpenID. I had only a basic grasp of it before (despite implementing the plugin on this here blog), but now I understand the magic of it, I’m a convert.

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December 22, 2006

Woot! PS3's...Oh Wait - Kotaku

Woot slam the PS3 in their promotional copy, and still sell out in 4.5 minutes! “In fact, we love the Wii so much, we want to give a Wii to everybody on our payroll. To fund this Wii-for-the-People program, we’re selling this Sony PlayStation 3.”

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December 21, 2006

cityrag: 50 Greatest Cartoons

Links to YouTube and Google Video for the 50 Greatest Cartoons, as voted for by animators in 1994. “One Froggy Evening” is one of the best things ever.

YouTube - SNL - Digital Short - A Special Christmas Box *Uncensored Version*

How odd. When I saw this bleeped on SNL, I thought it was “Cock in a Box”, as did Joy. I’m not sure how I feel about “Dick in a Box”. Doesn’t seem as funny, somehow.

kdice.com - multiplayer risk like strategy

Online multiplayer simplified-Risk. This is going to consume my time, I know it!

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December 20, 2006

Locationbar² | Firefox Add-ons | Mozilla Corporation

Nice plugin for Firefox which simplifies the URL field and emphasizes the hostname of the URL. Could help users avoid phishing attacks. Should this be the standard URL display in Firefox?

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You Don't Know Jack - BETA | The Trivia Game Where High Culture and Pop Culture Collide

Jellyvision are releasing new web-based “DisOrDat” each weekday. If you know whether the “Denver Nuggets” are a basketball team, or a dish made with animal testicles, then this is the game for you.

YouTube - How Michel Gondry Faked His Rubik's Cube Stunt

If you haven’t already seen the original video, watch it first and see if you can work out how he does it. It’s a lot less high-tech than I’d imagined!

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YouTube - Jarvis - Don't Let Him Waste Your Time

Great new video from Jarvis Cocker.

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December 19, 2006

Twitter / condi

What’s the Twitter equivalent of a “Fakester”?

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nanda: Clocky

Clocky — the alarm clock that runs away from you after you hit Snooze, so you have to get out of bed — is now available for purchase.

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Opera for Wii will be released on Dec 22nd

With the Weather channel being released this morning, and Opera later this week, it’s going to be fun to see how the non-gaming side of Wii grows.

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December 18, 2006

The New Yorker : The Gift Right Out

“Waldfogel’s main finding is that, in general, people spend a lot more on presents than they’re worth to those who receive them.”

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Blowing Chunks: Marketing Before Security

Because logging you out of your banking website is clearly less important than trying to sell you another credit card.

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Reason Magazine - Ticking Bombast

Excellent deconstruction of the ridiculousness of the “ticking timebomb” argument for allowing torture.

Usability in the Movies -- Top 10 Bloopers (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Uncle Jakob has officially run out of things to write about.

December 17, 2006

Healthbolt > What Happens To Your Body If You Drink A Coke Right Now?

“You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.”

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Self-hostable OpenID server in a single PHP script.

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Live Free or Die Hard - Movie Details - Yahoo! Movies

Teaser trailer for the new Die Hard movie featuring Bruce Willis and A Mac. Disappointingly, given its title, not set in New Hampshire. Spoiler: Shit blows up.

About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.